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Today's career and technical education (CTE) is very different from what it was just a few years ago. With a new emphasis on STEM, technology, and hands-on career education CTE has become essential for almost every student today in preparing for college and a career. Join Reshawn and Mike as they talk with business leaders, students and parents about how students can best prepare for their futures by getting college and career ready with CTE.
 
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In this episode, we have another great success story! We talk with Robert Isbell, HCPS Mechanical Trades Supervisor, and ACE Center graduate, Ashton Carr. Ashton recently graduated from our ACE Center program, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Plumbing and was recently hired by HCPS Facilities at our Signing Day event. Robert talks about the dut…
 
In our latest episode, Reshawn and I are at this year's College and Career Night at Henrico High School. Students and parents get to meet with college recruiters and local businesses to prepare students for life after high school. Reshawn interviews several area businesses while I talk to parents and students about the many opportunities Henrico Ca…
 
The Life Ready Expo was held on the evening of October 19th, 2021, and was attended by 86 businesses. Over 2000 students and parents came to talk to business representatives at the event. They explored varied careers and listened to advice from the businesses on how students could prepare for their future careers. We interviewed students and parent…
 
In today’s episode, we have an exciting conversation with Charles Tilley and Allison Powel with the architectural firm Quinn Evans. It is exciting for two reasons. One because they are working on the expansion of our two ACE Centers and about the field of architecture. Join us as we learn about the exciting career path of an architect and about wha…
 
Our guest in this episode is Matt Kellam, Military & Recruitment Program Coordinator, Talent Acquisition for Dominion Power. We talk with Matt about the Virginia Energy Workforce Consortium’s “Energy Workforce Development Pathways” Virtual Summit happening on October 21st. The energy industry in Virginia, and the country, is evolving rapidly and th…
 
This episode explores the importance of the Hospitality & Tourism industry to Richmond and the state of Virginia. Part of that importance is finding the right people to work in the industry and Mr. Cario talked about the importance of young people starting their careers with Hilton and how Henrico Career and Technical Education helps them. Have a l…
 
In this episode, the Chamber RVA President & CEO, Brian Anderson, and Director of the Department of Workforce & Career Development, Mac Beaton with Henrico County Public Schools discuss the importance of career and technical education and the upcoming Mission Tomorrow event for middle school students in central Virginia this year. Make sure to give…
 
In this episode, we talk with Caitlin Hughes, Customer Success Manager/Instructional Content Specialist, and Beth Smith, Manager of Education Programs with MajorClarity. MajorClarity is an online tool that promotes career exploration and academic planning for students in grades 6-12, meant to promote active student engagement in preparing for futur…
 
In our latest episode Reshawn interviews a recent ACE Center at Highland Springs Carpentry student, Kristian, and Regional Vice-President at the Richmond branch of Branscome Paving Company, Mike Van Sickel. Branscome is a leading paving company based in Northern Virginia. Kristian is a graduate of Douglas Freeman High School and is a mechanics appr…
 
Summertime is usually associated with lots of outdoor activities like swimming. Swimming might be the most popular summertime activity during a hot summer. Every year area pools have to deal with a chronic shortage of certified lifeguards. Two years ago, Henrico CTE partnered with SwimRVA to train our Sports Medicine students to train lifeguards. P…
 
I was on vacation but Reshawn interviews Chief of Operations for Henrico County Schools, Lenny Pritchard. Reshawn talks to Mr. Pritchard about his days as principal of Deep Run High School and the importance CTE programs in our schools and ACE Centers and how they lead directly to students going to college and preparing them for their careers. Make…
 
In our latest episode, we are talking with some great students and their teacher. Aly, Sameer, and Aadi recently won first place at the 2021 FBLA National Leadership Conference. We talk to them about the project they worked together on and how they were able to win with it. We also talk with Jayson about the website he created for the Youth Conserv…
 
In today's episode, we talk with a couple of students who are in our new Career Ambassador program. Daejah & Keertiana talk with us about what it was like to be a part of this new and important program and we are joined by Beverly Cocke, CTE Career Specialist, who was part of the team that put it together. Make sure to give us a shoutout at Henrico…
 
In this episode, we talk to Family And Consumer Sciences Teacher, Mrs. Melinda Preston about her new YouTube show, Kitchen Thyme. In an effort to engage her students who have been working from home because of COVID she started her own cooking show. She talks with us about how it got started and why Career & Technical Education is so important to st…
 
In this episode, we return to Richmond Ford West and talk with service manager Chris Haynie again and two Henrico CTE graduates from the Automotive Technology program at the ACE Center at Hermitage. Both Dillon and Morgan are working at Richmond Ford West as technician apprentices and attending the Ford ASSET program where they can graduate as mast…
 
In this episode, we interviewed the wonderful Kaitlyn Schmidt. We met with Kaitlyn at the ACE Center at Hermitage where she attended the Emergency Medical Technician class. Since she graduated she has worked for a local medical transport company and is now under contract with Henrico County Fire Department. We spoke with her about her time at the A…
 
Today’s guest is Henrico County Public School’s Director of Middle School Education, Deia Champ. When it comes to the discussion of how soon Henrico students should be exposed to Career & Technical Education, Deia Champ has a thought on the subject. This is a great interview about how important it is for students to experience a CTE education. Hop …
 
In this episode, we meet Michelle Blaney, a plumbing apprentice, Payton Ford, BIM Supervisor, Sarah Lambeth, Service Coordinator, and Amber Taylor, IR PSM Coordinator all working at Colonial Web. Their website says they "install, maintain and service mechanical and electrical systems for our communities most important buildings." No matter what the…
 
Join us as we talk with Chef J. Person who owns Person to Person Catering and Walters Kitchen talks about his career path from owning and running his own mobile car wash company. Then working in a restaurant as a sous chef to becoming the executive chef to becoming a multiple business entrepreneur. Make sure to give us a shoutout at Henrico CTE Now…
 
In this episode, we are speaking with first-year teacher at Pocahantas Middle School, Briana Smith about attending Henrico CTE Family and Consumer Science classes and the Early Childhood Education class at the ACE Center. We also talk to her about receiving the First Year Teacher award and how CTE started her on the path to becoming a teacher. We a…
 
Just over a year ago we came to Anton Paar, an international scientific instrument company with a local office in Ashland Virginia, and interviewed Dalton Echard about Anton Paar and their interest in recruiting students for their apprenticeship program. In this interview, we get to meet two recruits from Henrico’s ACE Center High Tech Academy who …
 
I think our best shows are our success stories and Trevor Norton, a graduate of our ACE Center's High Tech Academy has a great story of his career journey. Trevor's journey has already taken him from Virginia to Arizona. Follow along with us as we explore this episode. Make sure to give us a shoutout at Henrico CTE Now. We would love to hear from y…
 
Counselors Kathy S. Ferrell (Hermitage High School) and Tiffany M. Kremsreiter (Henrico High School talk to us about the importance of counselors helping students plan for their future college and careers and so much more. You are going to want to miss this discussion. This is essential information students and parents need to hear. Make sure to gi…
 
We have another exciting episode for you here. Nate Smith completed the ACE Center at Highland Springs Computer Technology class a few years ago and that started him on a tremendous journey that has led him to work for two amazing companies already in his young years! So let's kick off our 3rd season of Henrico CTE Now with his story! Make sure to …
 
If you are looking for ways to pay for college then you will want to listen to our latest episode. The military has more ways to pay for your education than you can imagine. Listen to our guests LTC Forest Black, retired Sergeant Major Keitha Orth, and cadet Brenda Osbourne as we visit with them at Virginia State University and find out that you wi…
 
In today's episode, we again have a great success story of an ACE Center graduate. Brock Covington graduated from our Sports Medicine course at the ACE Center at Hermitage just a few years ago and he has recently opened his own gym called Iron Built Gym. We talk to him and his Sports Medicine teacher, Ms. Bobbie, about his experiences that led to o…
 
This episode guests are Brian Viscuso, Assistant Director, Infrastructure & Operations Henrico County Information Technology, Kevin Poynter, IT Manager for Service Desk Henrico County Information Technology, Zane Schultz, service Desk Henrico County Information Technology. Today we talk about our Computer Technology graduate from our Advanced Caree…
 
We really enjoyed interviewing CPA, Ms. Catina Downey. We talked to her about her career path to become a CPA and start her own business. Her graduation from J.R. Tucker High School, and her participation in the Cooperative Education program at Tucker. We also found out that she has worked very hard to give back to the community and is working to e…
 
Reshawn and I were excited to get to visit the Cobbs Creek Reservoir project site. Cobbs Creek reservoir, when completed, will help supply Henrico County residents with water for the next 50 years. We sat down with three members of the team that have been instrumental in the day to day work to complete such a huge project for Henrico. Michael Woode…
 
In this episode, we visit the Henrico Central Automotive Maintenance (CAM) facility where we talk to Clayton Fuhrman, a recent graduate of our Advanced Career Education (ACE) Center diesel program, Larry Maready, Fleet Manager for CAM, and John Niel, Director of General Services for Henrico County. We had a great interview that included a personal …
 
Reshawn and I had a great interview with Chris Williams at the Henrico Federal Credit Union offices. We talked about his career path to CEO at the Henrico Federal Credit Union and how the credit union is involved with educating students about their finances and their commitment to being involved with the community at large. Make sure to give us a s…
 
We just continue to have great interviews with exceptional people. Karl Fox is our new barbering teacher at the ACE Center at Hermitage. He talks with us about his career and how he came to start teaching and why a CTE education is so important today. We could have stayed with him all day. Don't miss this episode. Make sure to give us a shoutout at…
 
Today's interview is with Monica Smith-Callahan. Varina High School graduate, mother, and deputy county manager for community affairs with Henrico County. She speaks with us about the importance of a CTE education in today's new reality. Students, parents, and business leaders will be interested in this great interview. Make sure to give us a shout…
 
This episode is special because we have two men who after completing a career in the military both decided to continue to be of service by becoming JROTC instructors with Henrico County Schools. Commander, Curtis Irby, and Master Chief Petty Officer Shawn Grasty talk about their careers and how JROTC can help young students with leadership skills a…
 
Mr. Eugene Bordonie started his working life as an electrician and switched careers to become a real estate agent. He is also on CTE's Student House Building Project board called the Henrico County Vocational/Technical Education Foundation. The HBP is a program for our trade students at our ACE Centers to learn and apply their skills on a foundatio…
 
This episode's guest is Dr. Samantha Habib, a veterinarian with Locke A. Taylor and Associates. We are continuing to focus on essential workers and I don't think anyone would argue that point when it comes to our pets. Dr. Habib is working as a vet at one of Richmond's more popular vet hospitals with 2 locations in the Richmond area. Make sure to g…
 
The Home Building Association of Richmond (HBAR) is a non-profit group, founded in 1946 as a trade organization to help the various companies in Richmond that are involved in building homes. We had a great conversation with Dana Markland, CEO of HBAR about the importance of young people entering into the trades in an industry that has had a decades…
 
This was a great interview with Sheldon and Shari Glassner. Sheldon is the instructor at the ACE Center at Hermitage Graphic Communications program. Shari is an instructional assistant at Hermitage High School. Sheldon has over the years built one of the top graphic communications programs in the state of Virginia, high school, or college. The Glas…
 
We are continuing our coverage of essential workers and careers out there during COVID 19. This interview is with Johnna Chandler, an Emergency Medical Technician instructor at the ACE Center at Hermitage. Johanna talks to us about her many years of experience and training in the EMT field and her most recent experience when she went to New York to…
 
This week we have another podcast profiling essential workers during these days of Corona. The nursing field are right now the warriors on the front lines of this battle against Corona 19. Their numbers are stretched and in need of reinforcing for the current situation and for our daily needs across the country for generations to come. Have a liste…
 
This episode is our fourth in a series relating to the new 17th Career Cluster coming from the Virginia Department of Education called "Energy." In this episode, we are talking about Power Generation and our guests are, Dominika Sink, M&A Associate, Strata Solar, Wafa May Elamin, Executive Director, Virginia Renewable Energy Alliance (VA-REA), Laur…
 
This episode is our third in a series relating to the new 17th Career Cluster coming from the Virginia Department of Education called "Energy." We are talking about Fuel Production and Distribution with, Sasha Furdak-Roy, Operations Center Manager, Northern VA Columbia Gas of Virginia, Dana Willingham, Manager, Technical Training and Training Cente…
 
While we are living with the circumstances of the COVID 19 virus we all now understand what an essential worker is. With that reality, we will begin an interview series with essential workers in this country while we continue our podcast series covering Virginia's new career cluster. So I hope you will enjoy listening to Henry Rosenbaum, Assistance…
 
This episode Reshawn interviewed students and business representatives who attended our first annual Skills Challenge Career Rodeo. The event hosted over 425 students and over 100 business representatives at an event where the businesses judged students as they demonstrated their skills and the businesses requested over 300 resumes from the student…
 
This episode is our second in a series relating to the new 17th Career Cluster coming from the Virginia Department of Education called "Energy." In this episode, we have 3 professionals from Dominion Power, Jackie Merrick System Reliability Engineer, Sameera Younus-Kan, Electric Distribution Design, and Matt Kellam, Military & Recruitment Coordinat…
 
We had a great time talking with Daniel about the many services offered by RICOH USA and the many benefits of young people coming to work with an international company like RICOH. It is amazing how a technology company like RICOH has dozens of different careers available for young people to explore covering software, hardware, sales, support, and s…
 
This episode is special because it is the first of a series of episodes related to the new 17th Career Clusters being introduced through the Virginia Department of Education this July. A Career Cluster is a sequence of courses within your area of interest and was created by the U.S. Department of Education. Students. A Career Cluster will connect y…
 
In this episode, we talk to Kathy Case with Takeoff Co. and Justin White who is now with CB Flooring (change happened after the show was recorded). Both have been in the flooring industry for a long time and both got to where they are now on very different career tracks. They are talking to us today about Henrico CTE's Life Ready Expo and how their…
 
It has been just over a year since we first started the CTE Now Podcast! In 2018 our director, Mac Beaton asked Reshawn and me to find out what it would take to start a podcast. Neither of us had any experience other than Reshawn having a few years of experience working in radio in college. After some research, getting our equipment and hosting we …
 
This episode we have a great interview with Dalton Echard who is newly in charge of an apprenticeship program with the company, Anton Paar. Mr. Echard is an exciting interview and Anton Parr has got to be one of the most interesting companies we have been introduced to this year. You have to listen to find out about this company and what they do an…
 
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